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Aneesah Bakker

Owner/Director/Developer, Creative Change Coaching

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When we think we have no options, can we change our perception? Does having options make us happier?

Like with "everything", so too there "is" a paradox of choice.

1. Are we happier when we think we have a choice?
2. What if circumstances are such that there "are" no choices, e.g. during the holocaust. Lessons learned indicate that perceiving a choice in such circumstances can create "happiness".
3. Can too much choice, create unhappiness?
4. Are there different types of choices?
5. Whose responsibility is it to change our perception?
6. In any given situation, would you try to change the circumstances before you try to change your perspective?
7. Can the economics of happiness be separated from the economics of things/consumerism?

A related ted talk on the Ted radio hour is the talk by Barry Schwartz: Does Having Options Make Us Happier:


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    May 11 2012: I have felt trapped. I truly felt that I had burned every bridge in my life. I am not religious so asking for help seemed out of the question. When I finally asked for help, and then learned to not expect life to go my way, and quit being so debilitating self-centered, I became free of the ego's demands. Much choice opened up to me, but the ego's restoration beat me down once more. And so it goes, ad infinitum.
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      May 11 2012: Pat,
      You say..."the ego's restoration beat me down once more". It sounds like you are giving the ego a life of its own? Who is in control of your ego?

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